Stayed at Piedra Escondida (PE) in early April 2013. Was chosen based on recommendations in both Lonely Planet and on Tripadvisor. And it didnt disappoint at all. Let me just start by saying that this more of your eco/beach shack style accommodation. In no way is it a large resort style establishment. However, the food and hospitality would rival all of these larger hotels.
The hotel is located about 5 km from central Tulum along the coastal strip that runs south from the Tulum ruins. The strip is a narrow road that has a village type feel to it with many hotels, small markets and bungalow type restaurants dotted along the road. The hotel has approximately 10 rooms, either ground level of first storey. I stayed in Room 2. They are right on the beach with the surrounds all sand, no pathways so access by wheelchair would be difficult. The beach is less than 100m wide and used by two other hotels as well, with PE being in the middle and with prime location. The beach never gets crowded however as the other hotels are of similar size and there are plenty of sun-beds for all. Beach towels are provided.
The rooms have hot water (all electricity if generated by wind and solar), wifi, mozzy nets, lounge area and safes. The toilet and shower are located together in one room with the brightly tiled vanity and sink just outside and part of the larger bedroom. The rooms were cleaned daily and replenished with drinking water that could be refilled at the restaurant. Best not to drink the saltwater from the taps!!
The restaurant serves excellent authentic Mexican food. There is a full bar with cheap cocktails, coffee etc. From what I could make out the owners are Italian?
Across the road is a fantastic restaurant called Mateo's. Make sure you eat there a few times. At Mateo's there is tour booking office operated by Geoff and Kate. Be sure to book with them if you want to go to Chichen Itza or one of the many other sites. At Mateos' you can also hire bikes and ride to the Tulum ruins and into Tulum town. There is a small market across the road where you can buy everything from suncream to alcohol and all the souvenirs you desire. There are also two ATM's one dispensing pesos and the other $US. We were advised not to use these in the early morning due to "strange/bad" things?? Not sure exactly what they meant but understand that there are occasionally robberies in the local area, so carry your money and bags close at all times.
I would thoroughly recommend staying at PE if you want to enjoy a relaxing, chilled out atmosphere, although do so reluctantly as some things are best kept a secret...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Piedra Escondida is a small enchanting hotel located on a stunningly secluded beach in Tulum that offers its guests charming simplicity and breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. There are 9 rooms decorated with local handicrafts and regional furniture all along with their private sitting area and hammock. Wi-Fi is available at no additional cost throughout the hotel. As we are dedicated to living in harmony with the surrounding area we use solar and wind energy.Air conditioning is now available during the night hours. Our cozy restaurant with a Caribbean familiar ambiance and a magnificent on-beach terrace brings to life the wonderful authentic flavors of Italy with traditional Mexican cuisine and fresh Caribbean seafood. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Piedra Escondida Tulum
- Piedra Escondida Hotel Tulum